UCL in the media
The UK system relies on convention to ensure it works, but at a time when conventions are breaking down, a constitutional commission is needed to attend to emerging constitutional issues, argues a letter signed by Professor Tony Wright (UCL Political Science) and others.
Advice on assessment-related stress, coupled with an unclear grade boundary system, promote worry and can lead to fear of exams, explains Professor Mary Richardson (UCL Institute of Education).
The idea that the relationship with alcohol is healthier in countries such as France and Spain “isn’t borne out by the data,” explains Dr Gautam Mehta (UCL Institute for Liver & Digestive Health).
Sending women texts which explain that they could still be at risk of cervical cancer increased the number of middle-aged women getting screened for cancer, finds a study led by Dr Laura Marlow (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
Researchers who discovered a weakness in a biometric security company only took 100 files as "They're limiting the privacy invasion for legal and ethical reasons,” explains Dr Steven Murdoch (UCL Computer Science).
The marketing of plastic in the 1960s which showed it as modern and practical is part of the reason it’s used so often, explains Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL Mechanical Engineering)
Looking at images of cosmetically enhanced celebrities on social media leads to women considering getting cosmetic surgery themselves, finds a study led by Dr Eva Krumhuber (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
Activities that inspire children to take an interest in STEM activities are not reaching enough children, and disadvantaged groups are particularly unlikely to have access to them, finds a study by UCL ASPIRES, based at the Institute of Education.
The window to safeguard brain health runs from people’s mid-30s to their early 50s, and high blood pressure in this period can accelerate brain damage, potentially increasing dementia risk, finds a study led by Professor Jonathan Schott (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology).